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Pride & Joy Mild Ale - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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Pride & Joy Mild AlePride & Joy Mild Ale

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very good

1,949 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,949
Reviews: 678
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.05%
Wants: 65
Gots: 167 | FT: 9
Brewed by:
Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
5.0% ABV, 30 IBUs - This beer is 3 Floyd’s American “Mild” Ale. With a more assertive hop profile that British Milds and a relatively low alcohol content this is a great session beer that still has Pale Ale characteristics. Pride and Joy is a golden color with a fruity nose and a light caramel sweetness to balance the crisp finish. A truly refreshing ale that drinks easily.

(Beer added by: purplehops on 08-06-2001)
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Photo of Yesac
3.93/5  rDev +1%

A - pours cloudy pale yellow, small head

S - malt dominance - slight hops and hints of yeast

T - malty/bready and no alcohol taste

M - medium, carbonated, sticky

D - easy drinker here

Average brew for the malt lover
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Yesac, Oct 05, 2008
Photo of kels
4.45/5  rDev +14.4%

Had the pleasure of trying this on-tap at DLD08. I know pwoods has been waiting for me to review it since I pretty much didn't shut up about making the trip to Indy to get some for months afterward. This review is on the bottle, however, poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a golden, honey-amber color with a giant 2-3 finger head. The foam is a light golden-tan and it's very lofty and thick with excellent retention. Nice sticky lacing throughout. Bubbles of carbonation rise in the clear liquid.

Smell: It smells delicious. That's the best way I can describe it - very hoppy, citrusy as with most Three Floyd's I've had. It does have a little warm maltiness in the smell as well.

Taste/Mouthfeel: The taste is a wonderful balance between spicy, citrusy hops and toasty, caramelly malts & grains. The carbonation is moderate and keeps the beer very light and crisp. I like the combination of the light mouth from the beer and the creaminess of the head that hangs around throughout the entire time I drink it. The alcohol is not too forward, in fact hardly noticeable except slightly in the sweet aftertaste that hangs around. I love the mix of tastes I get in this beer - a little bitter, a little sweet, a little grainy. It is definitely well-rounded and satisfying without being too heavy or overwhelming.

Drinkability: SO GREAT! I could drink this all day. A session beer for people who like good beer. I couldn't ask for much more (but please start distributing again in Ohio).

kels, Sep 27, 2008
Photo of ckeegan04
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%

A - Dark orange color with lots of little bubbles rising to the top. Frothy off-white head with decent retention and good lacing.

S - Light biscuity sweetness quickly overcome by a juicy citrus hop aroma. Smells of grapefruit and a touch of something sweeter.

T - Light sweetness up front, not at all overwhelming. Quickly overcome by a citrusy bitterness. Lots of citrus fruit notes with grapefruit still being the dominant. Finishes slightly bitter.

M/D - Medium bodied and very crisp and clean. A touch too much carbonation but overall a very good feel.

ckeegan04, Sep 21, 2008
Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.33/5  rDev -14.4%

Pours a amberish orange in color. Decent head forms on the pour. Smell is light malts and just a hint of the FFF hopping. Not a whole lot of the hops coming through in the taste. The malts and a bit of caramel/toffee as well. Decent mild and easy drinking.

FtownThrowDown, Sep 20, 2008
Photo of cdflem
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A: Nice copper color, with a slight yellow hint near the top. Off white, 1 finger head shows up quickly, but dissipates fast. Several lacing marks as the drink goes down.

S: I hate to take something off the bottle, but all in all very "subtle". Light hoppiness, with citrus (primarily orange) smells coming off quickly.

T/MF: A little heavy on the carbonation brings the flavors out. Mild spicy-ness with a bit of toasted malt flavor near the end. Mouth feel actually makes me think of watery, unlike several other FFF beers i've had.

D: Its a decent beer for everyday use, but I prefer Alpha King over this one.

cdflem, Sep 19, 2008
Photo of marcpal
4.47/5  rDev +14.9%

Bottle sent eastward from the midwest, Im a growing fan of Three Floyds- not much done wrong from what Ive tasted.

12oz bottle poured into trusty Weyerbacher tulip.

A: Orange pale color of an IPA almost. Chestnut off white head with little lacing and good haziness. Fluffy head dissipated fast.

S: Zesty hops along with the needed malts coming to the show. Pack a lot in there for a mild beer. Serious hop aromas for a so-called 'mild'.

T: Nothing over the top and tasty indeed. The citrus pop of a typical midwest pale ale. Enticing. Caramel malts balanced by the hops, which arent as strong as the smell. I would argue that this is an APA and Alpha King is more of an IPA. Both delicious.

M: Bitter tastes left in the mouth, but solid mouthfeel. Refreshing throughout and bready toward the end. Very creamy and good amount of carbonation.

D: Solid session beer, goes down very easily and the mild kick leaves you safe having several. Unfortunately, I cant get several out here but if I could I surely would. Another FFF winner.

marcpal, Sep 16, 2008
Photo of Oxymoron
4.47/5  rDev +14.9%

Better than the Texas rock & blues band for schizzle! Pours a cloudy lemony yellow color with a off orange hue. A good pour leaving a thick soft white head. Good retention and lacing throughout the tasting.

The nose is on the hoppy end of an APA. A very nice floral and citrus blend that really comes out and is very enticing. Some light malt notes on the back end with a more generic aroma and a touch of bready/honey notes on the back end. Light but does support the hoppy aroma.

The taste is more balanced but hops are definitely the strongest characteristic. The hops, to start, are more balanced towards the finishing hops with very little bittering. It really works for an APA though with a great floral finish with a light citrus, orangey finish. A great characteristic that isn't over the top and leaves a pleasant finish. The malt is more noticeable up front with a more biscuit flavor. Some residual sweetness in the finish just supports the hop balance. Some minor yeast notes and a touch of rose esters that become more noticeable as it warms. Very tasty.

The body is light to moderate. A good balance with some sweetness. Good carbonation. Overall I think that this is under rated for an APA. A great beer and easy to drink. Yummy

Oxymoron, Sep 16, 2008
Photo of youngleo
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Poured to a two fingered offwhite head. Head settled to about 1/8 inch and hung around the rest of the glass. Had some good lacing that lefts its mark with every swallow. Ale was brownish yellow in color. Smelled of pine, citrus, and malt. Tasted of hopped pine and citrus. Had a slightly bitter aftertaste. Felt good in the mouth. May of had too much carbonation. When opened foam from the ale came out of the bottle. I dont see that happening very often. All and all a very good ale. Glass was trashed at the end of a couple of these. Thats what I want to see. At the end of the glass, there was still some nice foam at the bottom.

youngleo, Sep 11, 2008
Photo of OWSLEY069
4.2/5  rDev +8%

Pours a clean orange-ish copper color with a white head. In the aroma, citrus, grapefruity hops. In the taste, citrus/ grapefruity hops and a small sweet malt. A small hop, but mainly smooth and medium mouthfeel, with a semi dry, grapefruity hop in the aftertaste. Big hops for a session, nice and easy.

OWSLEY069, Aug 30, 2008
Photo of roadhouse
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appears a hazy dark golden orange with a one and a half finger off-white head that leaves no lace.

Aroma is bursting with juicy, citrusy hops - not too strong or overpowering, but very pleasant. Caramel malt with a bit of a bready aroma backs up the hops.

Taste is initially citrusy hops laced with caramel malt, then it fades into a crisp, almost metallic finish. Very light bitterness lingers in the mouth after the swallow. Nothing too complicated here.

Mouthfeel is medium-light, good level of carbonation.

It's the little brother of Alpha King - and just as sessionable. Very solid beer to begin converting someone into a hophead.

roadhouse, Aug 03, 2008
Photo of glid02
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%

Got this in a trade from Beereality, much obliged.

Pours a cloudy dark gold/light copper color with a small head that diminishes into a ring of bubbles around the glass.

The smell is great. A good amount of citrus and floral scents, with some malt sweetness. Very pleasing.

The taste is very good - not too much of anything, and very crisp with virtually no aftertaste. Of the tastes that are there's mostly hop bitterness, with a tiny bit of malt and citrus flavor.

The mouthfeel is good is pretty good, the carbonation is just right, and it's not too thin.

This is a very drinkable beer. It smells great and tastes great. I could very easily drink lots of these.

glid02, Aug 01, 2008
Photo of cnally
3.93/5  rDev +1%

An beer that is easy to drip down the hatch. The color is a light tan-orange and looks slightly clear. The aroma has little distinct notes and leaves a little to be desired. This beer's flavor is very subtle and balanced. The light texture makes it easy to drink but does not have a major impact with mouthfeel. Overall, a good beer to have more than one of.

cnally, Jul 27, 2008
Photo of jwinship83
3.38/5  rDev -13.1%

A- clear pale amber with a steady stream of visible carbonation and a foamy half-inch head that leaves a small mark on the glass after every sip.

S- Strong scent of floral hops is the first thing i noticed. also has kind of a fruity odor to it.

T- not much of a mild fruity upfront taste with a nice hoppy aftertaste.

M- a little over carbonated and a tad thin and watery for my liking.

D- meh, overall i wasnt impressed. it wasnt that i disliked it, i just had higher hopes from a three floyds beer. ill try it again it i can find it on tap, but not until then

jwinship83, Jul 25, 2008
Photo of objectivemonkey
4.2/5  rDev +8%

My new favorite thing is the Surly's and Three Floyd's and such brewers who make 'milds.'

On tap at some neighborhood bar (cool place, wish I remember where the hell I was!) my buddy goes to, pours a clear shiny copper color with a nice head and some decent lacing. The aroma is very, very hoppy for a mild. Then again, if their APA is like and IPA, then it should be fair that their Mild is like and APA. Right? No? le sigh....

Anywho, back to the beer... Zesty hops, citrus, some herbal elements, and some fruits to boot. The taste follows suit, has the mild character to it, yet nevertheless quite excitable, lots of floral hops and gushing and quite fun. The mouth is quite nice, good body, carbonation, feel.

And then, for just a sec, as I was listening to some bluegrass the folks were playing there... If this is somewhere between the session mild and the hoppy crazy APA, how awesome is that? How easy to drink, yet supremely enjoyable? I approve!

objectivemonkey, Jul 24, 2008
Photo of gford217
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a bright, slightly hazy golden orange with a very small bubbly head that subsides quickly to a ring leaving a bit of lacing. The smell is a nice balace of hops, citrus and floral, and a bready malt backbone. The taste is initially a blast of light citrus, mainly lemon zest and oranges. This gives way to some caramel and sweet bready malts before a slight hop bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is super refreshing with a very crisp, clean finish. This is a supremely drinkable and well-balanced pale ale and would make a good summer staple.

gford217, Jul 20, 2008
Photo of Bitterbill
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%

I got this in a trade with TATTORSO. Thanks Jeff!

It pours a hazy orange gold with a 1 finger head of foam.

The smell is a nice mix of caramel malt and bready malt sweetness and some piney hops. Good nose.

The taste is yummy. Good bready malt up front with a goodly amount of hops both citrus and pine but not too much as I think it's pretty nicely balanced.

More sips in and I'm finding this very drinkable and quite tasty. The mouthfeel is a little thin but not too thin, and the carbonation, I think, is on the light side. Nice piney/citric finish that leaves a pleasing aftertaste. Quite good stuff and like I said, easy drinking and the head retention and lacing were more than adequate. Very nice brew overall and 1 that I'll enjoy again because I have 2 more bottles, thanks to Jeff. ;^)

Bitterbill, Jul 19, 2008
Photo of Jwale73
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Received as a very generous extra from bgramer (thanks Brendan). Poured a translucent copper/amber with a dense, off-white head. Good head retention that eventually settled into a quarter-inch, consistent cap. Bands of sticky, concentric half moon rings of lacing present during the session. Scent of hops and a mild citrus essence. Taste consistent with nose with the addition of a light biscuity quality. Mouthfeel is light and lively with a slight burn across the tip of the tongue and some hops bitterness at the back. Nice brew. Actually reminded me of a more subdued version of Roxy Rolles.

Jwale73, Jul 11, 2008
Photo of Biggness
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%

This beer pours a nice cloudy amber. The majority of the smell seems to be citrus. The taste is nice with a mixture of citrus and malts. The ale seems a little over carbonated for my taste, not the most pleasant mouthfeel. Minus the carbonation and this would be an extremely drinkable beer. Overall though a very nice mixture of flavors and something I will certainly drink again

Biggness, Jul 10, 2008
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%

Truth in advertising....this is a refreshing MILD ale.
Thin, cloudy peach colored pour from a 355ml bottle with virtually NO head. Hmmm???
Lightly carbonated with a crisp, clean citrus smell that hints at fresh grapefruit & lime.
Thin but not watery. Unexpectedly flavorful.
Pretty straight forward & not too complex.
Lacing is non-existent
The beer has a vaguely sweet, bready taste, with traces of pepper(?) & pine. The fizzy maltiness dances on the tongue & through the swallow. ABV is short & well concealed. The subtle hops show better on the finish after warming. Not bitter or sharp.
An enjoyable session beer that's VERY drinkable & refreshing. Three Floyds Quality ~ Out the Ass!

TATTORSO, Jul 03, 2008
Photo of pwoods
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%

Thanks to meh big sis, kels, for grabbing me this while in Indy.

12oz. brown bottle poured into a pint. No dating.

A: Pours an average amber/copper with good visibility. A slightly rocky/fizzy off white head builts to about 2 fingers and has decent retention. Some sticky lacing to start.

S: Very light aroma. A bit of citrus, orange/lemon/grapefruit. Malts are light, sweet, bready.

T/M: A pleasant bitterness level. Crisp hops, a bit more of the citrus and maybe a touch grassy. Malts don't sit heavy on the tongue. They glide by with a bit of sweetness and grains. Body is medium light with enough carbonation to smooth it out.

D: Very drinkable and tasty enough to keep you interested. Hopefully FFF comes back to Ohio so I can take this tailgating and whatnot.

pwoods, Jul 02, 2008
Photo of Overlord
3.58/5  rDev -8%

Okay, is this an American Pale, or a mild ale? Having never had an English mild, I was excited to give the style a try. Thanks to BGramer for the extra.

Pours a light, hazy orange. Inch or so of white foam head that retains a nice bubbling white froth for a few minutes.

Smells mildly [har de har har] of pine hops. Really not a lot of smell at all. The taste is more abundant, with tropical juices, citrus (grapefruit), pine, and a splash of malt. Tastes like a pale ale or mild [I just can't help it!] IPA. A bit too watery.

Okay, but a bit strange. It's not a strong flavored beer, and while it's not simple, nothing about it really stands out. Now, if this was six or seven bucks a six pack I'd get it all the time, but I have a hunch it isn't. Its drinkability is its best characteristic. A

Overlord, Jul 01, 2008
Photo of ryrust5301
4.72/5  rDev +21.3%

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass. Picture of a goofy looking jester balancing a beer on his head graces the label.

Appearance - pours a dark orange with shades of reddish amber. A touch cloudy looking through the glass with a very faint thin head. Ghostly white hallow lingers around the glass.

Smell - A nice hopy presence with some spices to kick it up a notch. Nice floral smell fades into a sweet honey malt with lite caramel as well.

Taste & Mouthfeel - Has that great taste that is unique to all 3FF's brews! Hops and mellow citrus fruits are first on the attack, but just enough to please not overwhelm. Malts are coated in honey and caramel with a biscuity flavor taking over through the finish. Hops come back just a touch as you swallow. Perfect way to finish off.

Drinkability - A well crafted masterpiece of a mild ale. It has wonderful balance and such an array of flavors for a beer of this type. I can't say enough about 3FFF's! Their beers are always of the highest caliber, and are friggin delicious. I could drink this beer any time of day, and any time of year.

ryrust5301, Jun 20, 2008
Photo of mully
4.2/5  rDev +8%

looks like a beer should look clear and golden with a thin but consistent head looks like a BMC but tastes nothing like it

Flowery citrus aromas sweet malty and wonderful

Biscuit malt hops citrusy slightly minerally flavor balanced full for a mild ale recent favoritve great spring/summer beer

light clean good

Best session beer ever... seriously

mully, Jun 13, 2008
Photo of spointon
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%

I poured this one from a 12oz brown bottle into a pint glass.

A: This brew poured a decent orange color, mostly clear with a slight chill haze. The off-white head was initially 1 inch and quickly dropped to just a skim. Very little lacing down the glass. Very little carbonation release throughout.

S: I found the aromas of this ale to be a bit too muted for the style, but having said that, I did detect notes of pine and citrusy hops. There was some very minimal caramel maltiness too.

T: This was definitely a milder version of American Pale Ale than I am used to. Certainly less flavorful than a Sierra Nevada or a North Coast Red Seal Ale. Having said all of that though, there were some nice flavor characteristics in there. I got all of the piney hops and the maltiness that were apparent in the aromas, and a surprisingly peppery, mild little alcohol bite in the finish.

MF: I found this to be light to light-medium in body, despite the extremely low carbonation levels. This brew was approaching English bitter levels of lower carbonation (I'd love to have it on cask to see what it was like!).

D: This would make a great hot weather (beach?) beer or a great introduction to the style for someone who is still afraid of killer hop bitterness. A good beer to use if you want to wean someone off of Miller beers.

spointon, Jun 10, 2008
Photo of mayor55
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

My first taste of Three Floyds. Was pretty much blown away. I got a buzz from 2 bottles. Checked alcohol content and was amazed it was only 5%. Beautiful color and smell. Nice white head that disappeared quickly. Tastes thin and hearty at the same time if this is possible. Can't wait to sample more from 3 floyds.

Update: Been drinking this fairly regularly. I now call it Dreadnaught Lite

mayor55, May 23, 2008
Pride & Joy Mild Ale from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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